it’s a rotating strike; mail art lives on

4 Jun

I was paranoid about this looming postal strike here in Canada, but have found out it is a “rotating” strike… so for now, only suckers in Winnipeg, MB & Hamilton, ON have gotten cut off. With this news, I was thrilled to know that my BC buddy, Jeannine Saylor (aka @saylor_made) would definately get a royal welcome in her postbox this week, and she did! After leaving a comment professing her jealousy of the queen adorned envelope I sent off to Crystal Plett last week, I knew exactly where to start with my reply for her. I have an entire royal photo album torn up for envelopes, so I found a classic with Charles and Di then fancied it up with silly speech bubbles and addresses. Inside: a long awaited who? HOO! zine, bingo sheets (courtesy of Kye Sangha), veggie, insect and sticker bomb stickers, an excuse sheet and a vintage book page emblazoned with a small sailing ship… she is a SAYLOR after all. Mister Luke Waller (akak @lucaxun) had a mail art reply arrive shortly after his out n’ about trout envelope. As always, enclosed were many fun goodies: a postcard from the 1800’s of Cariboo trail, a handmade postcard by the above mentioned talent (miss Saylor), some rad stickers, vintage ephemera from the 1970’s and secret animal page that is revealed when you rub it with graphite. Katie Whittington (aka @aspetalsfall) got one of my hand-made envelopes that originally said “Kill Artists.” Not on my watch!!! LOVE all artists is more like it. Since it was adorned with a plethora of stamps and fun stickers, Katie had to old herself back from tearing into it just so she could snap a photo. Once documented she dove into the envelope to discover a long-ago-requested who?HOO! zine, an elk screenprint, bingo sheets (thanks again Kye), horse identification & true or false, hilariously-named paint samples (ie: blue zephyr, rum runner & silver blueberry), found book illustration and rad collection of stickers. I recently made a reply envelope to Jaime Maddelena (aka @sendmoremail) a lover of mail, stamps and Canadiana. Stuffed in another DIY envelope of mine was mixed media piece on a paint sample, many fun stickers, a super kitschy temporary tattoo, a mini vintage postcard from Oslo, Norway and an Owl zine (one of the last few I have left to distribute, short of the 10 I am keeping for sale). She also found a trout swimming in her postbox recently! Anna Jane Searle (aka @annajanesearle) Sent me one of the most elaborate art pieces I have ever seen be sent through the postal system! I mean don’t get me wrong, I get some absolutely gorgeous drawings, prints, paintings, overall packages… but never have I discovered a complete BOX DIORAMA (with a map covered lid) that contained a pair of gorgeous bears walking through a forest next to the mountains… Seriously. John was laughing at me as I repeated “OMG holy shit” about 20 times in a row when I first opened it. Apart from that epicness, she also sent me an intricate original drawing, mini hand-made boxes with some rad patterns, a personal letter and stickers. Don’t know how I’m going to live up to a reply for that one… wow!  Someone who I may have met in another life, or should have met sooner in this one is Amanda Nicole White (aka @amanda_ink), a fellow Canadian printmaker. We wanted to start trading and so here we are. Amanda wrote the most amazing letter to me on a typewriter, I couldn’t help but grin while reading. She has come up with the idea to send alphabet themed packages, so we are starting at the beginning with ‘A’ (hence the apple painted on the envelope)! The ‘A’ themed goodies include an absinthe label drawing, a bold font card, an armadillo on altered dictionary page, an print and another altered book page about starry nights and last but not least a beautiful letterpress print on a delicate japanese paper of an Alberta lodgepole pine. I’ve thought up my own continuous theme for the packages I’ll send back her way and I’m so excited about it. Oh and to be honest I’m still relishing in the fact that I’ll be getting 25 more of these envelopes from Amanda the Awesome. Caren Gibb started trading mail art with me last summer (despite the fact that we had desks across from each other at Blackstar Studios and Gallery). When I moved to 100 Mile House last fall, she was the first person to send me mail at my new address. Inside were gorgeous illustrated book pages featuring a Bear teaching a dog about the beauty of the season. In a mail art package in January, a set of pages about the winter arrived. So when I picked up a letter from my postbox on a sunny day in May, I knew it had to be the spring pages. It seems actually that this is where the book BEGINS! Along with it: an article about the gallery’s new location, stickers, a wonderful letter and two boygirlparty buttons (follow her; she’s amazing, @boygirlparty). I can’t wait for my summer package to show up in a couple months, then I will have the complete book! Andrea Courchene (aka @papersparrow) is a wonderful creative who is always busy with so many projects! Follow her blog and you’ll see why I was thrilled that she found time to send me a bit of mail art. One thing I love about Andreas packages, is that she always takes the time to write a really personal and heart-felt letter. It makes me feel really special. I also got a rad sheet of wildlife stickers, a hello kitty lantern and an owl badge made by the lady herself. I sure hope the union and Canada Post can come to negotiations soon, I would hate to have all the mail fun, like above, disappear for a while if post offices in BC start striking…

11 Responses to “it’s a rotating strike; mail art lives on”

  1. anika 04/06/2011 at 21:49 #

    boo who hoo! i want an owl zine!

    that bear diorama is super awesome! way to go Anna! Also really like the idea of the alphabet theme.

  2. Jeannine | SaylorMade 04/06/2011 at 21:55 #

    The envelope was the BEST! I’m sending some blog-loving your way on Monday.

    Anna’s box diorama is amazing, I would have OMG’d my way through it too. I also love the idea of the idea of the Alphabet exchange and the apple on the front & back of the envelope is a great touch.

  3. Kye Sangha 04/06/2011 at 22:10 #

    I love the diorama…I keep gathering materials to make some, but never seem to get to it :( I’ve gotten all inspired by you, & so have been trying to write a mail art post for my blog-you make it seem easy! Thanks for sharing & all the inspiration!

  4. naturesmyfriend 05/06/2011 at 01:54 #

    The mail art blog post is never easy, but is always worth sharing/documenting – especially when I have readers who appreciate them & are inspired when they see them. It also gives me a chance to thank all of the wonderful people who spoil my post box. Thank you for your comments & encouragement – both are always welcome :D

  5. Anna Jane Searle 05/06/2011 at 02:26 #

    This was lovely to wake up to this morning :) I love the description ‘Box Diorama’, so glad you like your goodies. The reason I was worrying whether my package was going to get to you is because I send a similar thing to my sister’s boyfriend and it has never been seen since….Lost in the post….:(

    Here it is: http: //

    I love the alphabet idea and the drawings of the apple on the front and back of the envelope are brilliant. I really like the animal stickers from Andrea as well.

    • naturesmyfriend 05/06/2011 at 02:33 #

      I am SO happy mine arrived safely!!!! that is too bad about your owl diorama, it is beautiful!!! I recently had a mail art envelope adorned with a giant owl go missing… Perhaps they’ve flown off to hogwarts???

    • Anna Jane Searle 05/06/2011 at 12:28 #

      How dare they fly to Hogwarts without moi :(

  6. Anna Jane Searle 05/06/2011 at 02:28 #

    ….also the Royal Wedding envelope is brilliant and made me laugh….such a great idea.

  7. aspetalsfall 05/06/2011 at 02:39 #

    Your envelopes are amazing! The Royal one looks so funny! Who hoo is a joy, I keep going back to look through it and Love my little carribou/Elk?! animal confusion now! These posts are great, really make me want to raise my game! Such wonderment in abundance! x

  8. Michelle 05/06/2011 at 17:07 #

    The box diorama is one of the most amazing things ever!

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